Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I am color blind (Red-Green).
I consider chocolate to be a main food group.
Growing up I learned many life lessons from the following TV shows: Full House, Boy Meets World, and Home Improvement.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning.” -Mr. Rogers
I have a passion for positively impacting the lives of others, especially children and teenagers. I am a strong believer in helping others help themselves. It is very rewarding to see a child or teenager make healthy choices because he/she believes it is best for him/her. Through treatment focusing on the whole child (including uniqueness and potentials) I strive to provide my client’s with a safe space to share their story, play, heal, ask questions, problem solve, and explore emotions. I look forward to spending time with children and teenagers for years to come.
In my free time you can find me spending quality time with friends and family, running around on the basketball court or cheering on my favorite sports teams. I also like to spend as much time as possible soaking up natural vitamin D in the summer. I also enjoy sitting next to a campfire roasting a marshmallow (preferably golden brown not black). However, I find myself most at home when I am spending time in the country where I was raised. (such as going for an ATV ride, taking in nature, or landscaping).
Central Michigan University, Bachelors Degree in Social Work
Grand Valley State University, Masters Degree in Social Work
I have been fortunate to have a variety of professional experiences prior to starting my work at Developmental Enhancement. I completed an internship in a Public Elementary/Middle School setting where I carried out a School Social Worker role. While attending GVSU for my MSW I worked as a Patient Care Provider on the inpatient Child and Adolescent Unit at Pine Rest. Once obtaining my MSW, I worked as a Family First Worker where I provided intensive home-based services to families with the goal of family preservation. I have been a Clinical Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) since November 2014. I continually seek to grow my clinical knowledge base through clinical supervision and continued education opportunities. Since joining the team at Developmental Enhancement in 2015, I have been providing outpatient mental health services (individual and group psychotherapy).